Acceptable Use Policy

The guidelines in this Acceptable Use of Technology Policy are provided so that students are aware of their responsibilities as digital citizens.  It is expected that students will make use of digital resources in the Sudbury Public Schools across grade levels and curriculum areas, which makes responsible use of those resources critical to their success in the classroom. Technology is an integral part of classroom instruction, and discipline for inappropriate use should be handled using standard disciplinary procedures.

Sudbury Public Schools reserves the right to examine all data stored on servers, devices, or in Sudbury-managed accounts and all files and communications.  In accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, Sudbury Public Schools filters internet content to prevent children and adults from accessing obscene and pornographic images, as well as other harmful materials.

Guidelines for Acceptable Use include:

  • Students are expected to be courteous and use appropriate language.
  • Students will utilize technology resources for educational purposes in ways that conform with ethical and legal guidelines.
  • Students will maintain the privacy of passwords associated with the use of the network.
  • Students will maintain the privacy of their own personal address, phone numbers, and other personal information, and that of other students.
  • If a student notices any suspicious or unusual activity while using any Sudbury technology, it should be reported immediately to a teacher or administrator.
  • Students will use technology to create original works. When using or incorporating the work of others, students will appropriately credit and cite owners or originators of that work. Students will respect the rights of copyright owners.
  • Students will not use the input components of computers (e.g., cameras, microphones, etc.) in an irresponsible, inappropriate, or illegal manner.
  • Students will not deliberately cause the loss of other users’ work or damage to any Sudbury Public Schools systems.
  • Students will not override firewalls, desktop management, or security measures established on the network.
  • Students will not illegally copy or distribute software.

All aspects of Policy 4.5.6, Anti-Bullying Policy for Students, including those associated with cyber-bullying, apply to this Acceptable Use of Technology Policy.  Cyber-bullying includes, among other things, knowingly impersonating another person when communicating online.  Any violations of the Anti-Bullying Policy will result in disciplinary consequences as outlined in that Policy.

It is important that students and parents familiarize themselves with practical examples of the Acceptable Use Policy found in the behavior rubrics that have been developed at both the elementary and middle school levels.  These rubrics can be found on the student portal, http://sudburystudents.org, at the bottom of the Acceptable Use Policy section of the site.

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Michael OBrien,
Jan 13, 2016, 7:32 AM
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Michael OBrien,
Jan 13, 2016, 7:33 AM
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Shannon Famigletti,
Sep 20, 2016, 11:49 AM